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UCTH shuts emergency ward over Ebola scare by Idowu Olabode : October 07, 2015, 10:25:32 PM
The accident and emergency ward of the University of
Calabar Teaching Hospital has been shut down following an
Ebola Virus scare.

The scare was as a result of the death of a patient, who
passed on at about 2pm on Wednesday, after symptoms
related to the deadly EVD manifested before he gave up the
ghost.

It was learnt that the patient, whose identity could not be
ascertained, was brought in from Akpabuyo Local
Government Area of Cross River State on Tuesday with high
body temperature while he was at the time, vomiting,
stooling and bleeding from nose.

The source added that the patient died shortly after samples
were taken from him for investigation.

He said after the death, the accident and emergency ward
was quarantined in order to curtail and suspicion.

He stated, “A patient was brought in on Tuesday vomiting,
stooling and bleeding from the nose and mouth.  He had a
high temperature. It was suspected that he had
Haemorrhagic fever but it has not been confirmed. He died
around 2pm and his body has been quarantined while the
ward was shut down.

But another source in the hospital, who did not also want to
be mentioned, said the patient was suspected to have died
of Haemorrhagic fever.

He, however, said the state Ebola Emergency team was
invited at about 6pm to take the sample of the dead suspect
for further investigation.

When contacted, the Chairman of Medical Advisory
Committee, who also doubles as the Deputy Chief Medical
Director of UCTH, Dr. Queenet Kalu, confirmed the scare,
but said the patient was suspected to have died of
Haemorrhagic fever.

“Yes, we had a patient that was suspected to have died of
Haemorrhagic fever but it does not call for panic as
everything is under control. There is no need for the public
to be scared of EVD as it is not confirmed,” kalu said.

Source : www.punchng.com/news/ucth-shuts-emergency-ward-over-ebola-scare/

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